King’s Green Commits As Leadership Defines His Goal
"Crowded House" would be the name of the book you could write this season about the potential QB Prospects trying to make it to college from the Pacific Northwest. One thing is for sure. By the time the Class of 2013 moves on they will leave a legacy like no other class has as this is a special bunch.
Last week on of the finest QB's in the West got his first offer and made a commitment as well. That would be Billy Green of Kings High School in Seattle, Washington. The hard working student athlete has pushed himself through training and camps like few others have or could and the result was an offer from the BYU Cougars.
"The Coaches have been watching me for a while. They came to school here and saw me throw. Then I went up to Junior Day and threw really well and had some great reps with a California recruit they have named Mike Davis who is a 10.6 100 meter guy. That was enough to get an offer from Coach Mendenhall," said Green by phone as we spoke during his Lunch break at Team Camp he is at.
For a guy who has hit every camp and combine and shined it sure must have been a relief to get an offer going.
"It is an amazing feeling," said the confident leader.
How hard was it to get to be named as a D-1 QB and one of the best?
"Incredibly hard. I worked non-stop for 2 years with my QB Trainer and Coach LaVelle Durant and with Taylor Barton and that was in addition to all the strength training and team work too. This is not an easy thing to do."
BYU is a great environment to play and he knows it. He plans to study Business at the Marriott School of Management while there as a Cougar an admits he grappled a little with the religious aspects of the University.
"I am not LDS and that was a concern but it went away after speaking to the Coaches and staff and seeing how things work. This is a place where my faith will be welcome and respected. "
Why BYU and why now? Was there one thing?
Green answered with the one thing that we are hearing more and more often from kids.
"The Coaches. They are terrific and have set up an environment for use to succeed. It came down to that mainly," he added.
Now that he is a commit to the Coug's we wanted to know if he is networking already with the recruiting class of 2013?
"Yes I have been. Guys like Dallin Leavitt (Central Catholic) and Brayden Kearsley (Aloha High School) and Mike Davis (California) are already in touch and we are friends so that is going good. It looks like a great Class so far."
Billy Green is a statistical leader, has a terrific arm, and makes all the throws. But it is not his QB Skills he wants to be remembered for at Kings High School but rather his Leadership.
"I want to be known for being a Leader on and off the field. Leadership is important to me and that is the one quality I want to be remember for when people look back at my career here at Kings," he concluded.
That is also a Legacy he wants to carry over to BYU and something so much need by collegiate programs. Something coaches understand is more important then 40 times or how many touchdowns someone throws.
Green wanted to personally thank a number of people but primarily Head Coach Jim Shapiro who advocates for his athletes on the recruiting front and who Billy says is not only a great Coach but a tireless worker helping every single kid on the team. Coach Shapiro is held in very high regard by our staff as well as his demeanor, knowledge of the game, and eagerness to help his athletes is remarkable.
We congratulate Bill Green and celebrate him as one of the 5 Washington High School QB's gaining a Division 1 Offer so far this season.